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  1. Clearwater Bar offers Pinellas students legal internships for summer


    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Bar Association is offering paid legal internships this summer for high school students in Pinellas County. The six-week program will let interns "learn about the inner workings of law offices, legal departments, and the judicial system," according to a press release. The deadline to …

  2. Jailhouse informants have a powerful incentive to help, or hurt, a criminal case: Freedom


    LARGO — Jamison Bell is a good listener.

    Jamison Bell, 43, was a jailhouse informant who testified in two Pinellas murder trials. (Florida Department of Corrections)
  3. Medical marijuana dispensaries on Largo commission's agenda

    Local Government

    LARGO — Commissioners will consider during Tuesday's commission meeting an ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

    Largo will take up restrictions on medical marijuana on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
  4. Skyway Marina District plans May Day Race and Kids Dash

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Skyway Marina District will hold its May Day Race and Kids Dash for Cash from 7 a.m. to noon on May 6. The races will start and end at the Ceridian, 3201 34th St. S. Last year's proceeds were donated to schools and improvement projects in the district.

  5. Deputies: Three Pinellas inmates overdose after sharing drug brought into jail


    LARGO — A Pinellas County jail inmate faces charges after deputies say he brought drugs into the facility, causing him and two other inmates to overdose Thursday night.

    Pinellas County Jail inmate Robert Gilner, 29, of Gulfport, faces charges after detectives say he shared a drug with two other inmates, causing all three to overdose Thursday. The men are listed in fair condition and are expected to recover. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  6. State Rep. Larry Ahern again kills controversial bill to fix Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    State Rep. Larry Ahern's legislation to help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is dead once again.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, has again pulled proposed legislation to help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  7. Pinellas construction licensing board investigator resigns after road rage allegation

    Local Government

    PALM HARBOR — An investigator with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board resigned Wednesday after being accused of threatening two people with a baseball bat during a road rage incident on Tampa Road.

    Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Investigator Anthony DeBernardi resigned Wednesday after he was accused of thertening two motorists with a baseball bat in a road-rage incident. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. The other people declined to press charges. [MARK PUENTE   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  8. Water shortage regulations in effect in St. Petersburg starting May 8

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city is included in a Phase I water shortage declaration for the Tampa Bay area starting May 8. Residents should reduce any unnecessary water use. If the drought continues, more restrictive policies will be implemented.

  9. St. Petersburg's Holocaust Museum marks 25th anniversary with multiple events

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Holocaust Museum is joining with Eckerd College to release a 25th Anniversary oral history series, "25 Survivors, 25 Stories … Celebrating 25 Years."

    The Florida Holocaust Museum.
  10. Bar review: Flying Boat Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg pays homage to Tony Jannus

    Bars & Spirits

    Almost a year to the day after Flying Boat Brewing Co. broke ground on its Woodlawn Oaks facility and tasting room, the St. Petersburg brewery officially opened its doors for business last week.

    Flying Boat Brewery is newly opened in St. Petersburg. Its name is a reference to the aircraft of Tony Jannus, who piloted the world’s first scheduled airline flight, between downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa in 1914.
  11. Now married, the domestic violence victim and the Clearwater paramedic chart their 'next chapter'

    Human Interest

    As the sun shone through the trees and the horse-drawn carriage pulled up to where the altar was staged, Melissa Harris, an officer with the Clearwater Police Department, felt her eyes welling as she recalled the first time she met the bride. Now she was one of Melissa Dohme's best friends and bridesmaids.

    Melissa Dohme and Cameron Hill, who met in a real-life nightmare in which she was attacked with knives by an ex-boyfriend, and he was one of her rescuers, exchanged vows March 4 at the Lange Farm in Dade City.
  12. Treasure Island looking for a 'seasoned professional' to be the new city manager

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The city has begun a national search for a new city manager with hopes of hiring someone by August.

    Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard announced his resignation after a March 2017 in which voters chose two new city commissioners who have been critical of city operations. The commission has begun looking for a "seasoned professional" to replace him. [Times files]
  13. State Rep. Larry Ahern brings back controversial bill to fix Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    Legislation aimed at reforming the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board that died last month has suddenly been resurrected.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, brought proposed legislation back to life that would help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. But that's news to the Pinellas County Commission and the agency's interim director. Ahern, a longtime pool contractor, had also said he would wait until the completion of a grand jury investigation before reforming the agency. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times
  14. Sheriff's Office: Deputies roll up to house party as intoxicated teen jumps off roof


    Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said they were already called to the house in unincorporated Largo twice for complaints about a loud party.

  15. While state lawmakers debate medical marijuana law, Pinellas County delays its own rules

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– As Florida lawmakers debate the regulation of medical marijuana, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday tabled a vote on rules to grow, process and sell medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county.

    Larry Heiny of Sarasota rallies the crowd after a medical marijuana rally at the University of South Florida in Tampa in support of legalizing it in October. Amendment 2 passed with 71 percent of the vote in November. But lawmakers are still debating how to implement the law. In the meantime, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday decided to wait for the state to act before it passes its own medical marijuana rules for the unincorporated county. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]